Kids Church Families-

I can't believe it's October, the year flashed before my eyes! I don't know about you but this is the time of year when it feels as though my internal sunshine starts dwindling away. The lack of daylight doesn't seem to just impact the outside world, but also my inside world. I am tempted to eat too many yummy foods, snuggle on the couch under a blanket the minute I get off work, and if I'm honest, I am tempted to block out the world. Depression can knock at my door and sometimes, if I'm not on guard it can swallow me whole.

Luckily, I have found some antidotes to this. They are prayer, gratitude, being intentional, and laughter-specifically with my family. Sometimes we forget to stop and enjoy one another. We forget to play, have fun, and laugh together. Maybe you're like me and it's easier to keep going- to keep serving your family when you enjoy them.

God is our creator and not just the creator of the literal things in our life but also the emotions we feel. When God said, "Let's make them in our image" He made us with the ability to feel how He feels. We are able to love like God, mourn like God, work like God, and have joy like God. All emotions are from God and they make us like Him, but emotions can also be liars, they can be thieves, they can quite literally steer us down a path that God never intended for us.

So- here I am- aware that this is the season I'm in, a season of choice for me. A season that could be filled with great joy and growing closer in relationships or a season where I can be quickly swept away and swallowed up. The bible tells us in 1 Peter 5:8 that we are to be on guard, that there is an enemy waiting to devour us. It also tells us in Ephesians 6:10 that we have access to be strong in God's mighty power and that by putting on the armor of God we can STAND FIRM against the plans the enemy has to take us down. We do this through prayer, reading the bible, knowing and speaking truth, and being in and around community.

So what's it going to be? I pray that you will be strong in God's might- that you would stand firm and resist the temptation of the enemy to "check out" this season. Let's use this season to sink deeper into relationships, be more vulnerable and rely on God's strength. This month check out our family resource table near the check-in computers for a copy of our Family Adventure Kit. We have created this for your family to use as a tool to be intentional, to take time to be together, laugh and enjoy one another.

Thank you for allowing us to serve your family!

Tiffany Johnsrud

Kids Church Director

CrossRoads Night Out at the Pumpkin Patch
Thursday, October 3rd, 5 PM - 7 PM
- Schuster's Pumpkin Patch- 7541 Schueller Heights Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003
- Free hayrides, courtesy of CrossRoads Church
- Invite your family, friends, and neighbors - this is a community outreach event!
Parent and Child Dedications Class
Sunday, October 13th -after service in the lower level meeting room.
- If you are interested in dedicating your child, please fill out the application form:
Parent and Child Dedication Form
- For more information about Parent and Child dedications attend our class
or contact [email protected] if you are unable to attend.

SAVE THE DATE - Kids Church Christmas Filming (K-5th Grade)
Each year our K-5th grade students act in a prerecorded film that is shown at our Christmas Eve service. All students are welcome!
Saturday, October 19th - 9 AM to 11 AM
Thursday, October 24th - Evening (Time TBD)

- More info to come
Parent and Child Dedications
Sunday, October 24th -during service.
CLASS
ALL KIDS CHURCH

Memory verse, upcoming events, and giving OH MY! Struggling to stay on top of it all? Be sure to add yourself to our Facebook Pages to stay connected: CrossRoads Kids Church Page and CrossRoads Church Peosta Page

Memory Verse
(September 22 - November 3rd):


"Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear it." -Ephesians 4:29

**Note, the red portion is the memory verse for children birth to pre-k.




Giving Spotlight

All giving for this month will go towards filling gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child.




With sickness going around, please keep in mind our wellness policy. If your child has been sick in the last 24 hours, please keep them with you in order to stop the spreading of illness. Thank you!
NURSERY & TODDLERS (0-2's)
You are loved & safe!
  • CrossRoads maintains a hands-off policy meaning if a child in our potty-training aged classrooms needs to go to the bathroom, a parent will be paged to assist them. This includes, but is not limited to, undressing/dressing, getting on/off the toilet, wiping etc. Volunteers will help with handwashing. If your child needs ANY assistance in the bathroom please take a pager.
  • Each week your child is offered a goldfish snack, if for any reason your child should not participate please tell the classroom teacher.
  • CrossRoads diaper tags are now available! Pick one up at your classroom check-in table on Sunday mornings.
3's & PRE-K
God loves you & His Word is for you!
  • This month the students will be learning from the books of Exodus and Ruth. They will be learning that God rescues His people and He loves us NO MATTER WHAT!
  • Does your child come home singing sweet bible songs each week? Wondering what they are? Check out our playlist here: Pre-K Worship Playlist
  • Check out the resources we use in our classroom. Bible: CLICK HERE & App: CLICK HERE
K3 (K-3rd Grade)
God wants to have a relationship with you!
  • This month we will be learning from the series The New normal - taking our relationship with God to a Higher level. This teaching series will go through the book of Ephesians, teaching us that a life with God changes us from the inside out.
  • The first week of each month is PRIZE WEEK! All students get to choose ONE prize from the prize bucket to celebrate all they have learned and practiced in the previous month. Have something lying around you want to donate to the prize table? Books, Bibles, DVDs, small toys, etc? Contact [email protected]
SAVE THE DATES-
  • Kids Church Christmas Video Filming dates: October 19th, 9-11 AM | October 24th evening - more details to come.
  • November 17th/November 24th - The K3 group will be making Christmas ornaments in class.
  • December 8th - The K3+Forty5 class will hang their ornaments on the Christmas trees during service. *please make sure your child is present by 9:35 AM.
  • December 13th - 5:30-8 PM, 3rd-5th grade girls Christmas cookie decorating party @ The Intersection (CrossRoads offices) 14868 West Ridge Dr. Dubuque, IA 52002. Girls will decorate sugar cookies to be given to their classmates the following Sunday.
  • December 15th - during Kids Church, the 3rd-5th grade girls will serve the cookies they decorated to their classmates. If your child is unable to have a sugar cookie or hot cocoa contact Tiffany for an alternate snack.
FORTY5 (4th-5th Grade)
Your relationship with God is worth sharing!
  • The FORTY5 program follows the adult teaching, our current teaching series is on the book of John- So That You May Believe.
  • Upcoming meeting dates (during service):
- October 6th
- October 20th
- November 3rd

SAVE THE DATES
  • Kids Church Christmas Video Filming dates: October 19th, 9-11 AM | October 24th, evening - more details to come.
  • November 3rd/November 17th - the FORTY5 group will be making Christmas ornaments in class.
  • December 8th - The K3+FORTY5 class will hang their ornaments on the Christmas trees during service. *If your child would like to hang their ornament please make sure your child is present by 9:35 AM in the K3 classroom. They will sit with you after hanging their ornament.
  • December 13th - 5:30-8 PM, 3rd-5th grade girls Christmas cookie decorating party @ The Intersection (CrossRoads offices) 14868 West Ridge Dr. Dubuque, IA 52002. Girls will decorate sugar cookies to be given to their classmates the following Sunday.
  • December 15th - during Kids Church, the 3rd-5th grade girls will serve the cookies they decorated to their classmates. If your child is unable to have a sugar cookie or hot cocoa contact Tiffany for an alternate solution.
    PRAYER POINT

    This month let's pray for our kids as their schedules are in full swing. Many are juggling school, homework, friends, activities, church, serving at church, and more! You could pray something like this:

    Jesus, we pray against discouragement and weariness for ourselves and our kids. We pray that YOU would give us and our children endurance through this next season. Please help us and our children to rely on YOUR strength alone. Thank you Jesus, that you love us and never leave us. Help us to know that you are ALWAYS with us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
    VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
    Meet Alekah & Amelia Krapfl

    Volunteer Area: PreK, 3's, 2's, Nursery, wherever they need us!
    Hometown: Dubuque, IA
    Favorite Doughnut: Alekah - Glazed, Amelia - Boston Cream
    If they had $20 to spend on anything: Alekah - a new phone case, Amelia - give to the church.
    Favorite way to relax: Alekah - Spa Day, Amelia - watch TV
    Favorite Bible Verse/Life Quote: "Say with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord." Believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. Then you will be saved." - Romans 10:9
    Questions
    Contact our Kids Church Team!
    [email protected]

    Tiffany Johnsrud, Director
    [email protected]


    Christin Smith, Administrator
    [email protected]